Host Stan Emert interviews former King County Sheriff, Sue Rahr. They discuss the daunting challenges faced by both the Criminal Justice system and the local community when mentally ill people commit violent crimes. Focus was on the case of the Cafe Racer Shooter who walked into a quiet North Seattle coffee shop and killed beloved unsuspecting patrons. This is the second show in a series on mental illness and new resource available to law enforcement and mental health professionals: DESC's CRISIS SOLUTIONS CENTER: 206-464-1570 1600 South Lane Street Seattle, WA 98144
http://www.desc.org/crisis_solutions.html Previously, when police and medics were called to intervene when someone was experiencing a behavioral healthcare crisis in the community, the only options they had were to take the person to jail, a hospital emergency department or to do nothing. DESC's Crisis Solutions Center (CSC) provides a more appropriate therapeutic option. A team of mental health and chemical dependency professionals will help stabilize the current crisis in a voluntary inpatient setting. They will also immediately work to refer participants to long-term assistance and housing, tailored to each person’s needs. As a result, the CSC will reduce overall admissions to jails, hospital emergency departments and psychiatric hospital inpatient units. The Crisis Solutions Center launched its operations on August 6, 2012. CSC has three components: the Crisis Diversion Facility (CDF), the Crisis Diversion Interim Services (CDIS), and the Mobile Crisis Team (MCT).
More information about this show available at: Seattle Community Media